Lora Berg


Lora joined the National Hog Farmer editorial team in 1993, served as associate editor, then as managing editor until 1999. She has also worked as a contributing editor to the publication, and the National Hog Farmer digital editor responsible for content on the nationalhogfarmer.com Web site. Lora serves as the editor of the Nutrient Management, Weekly Preview and Weekly Wrap Up e-newsletters. She has also written and produced electronic newsletters for Farm Industry News, Hay & Forage Grower and BEEF magazines. Lora grew up on a purebred Berkshire operation in southeastern South Dakota and promoted pork as the state’s Pork Industry Queen and as an intern with the South Dakota Pork Producers Council. Lora earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from South Dakota State University in agricultural journalism and mass communications. She has served as communications specialist for the National Live Stock and Meat Board and as director of communications for the University of Minnesota College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences. Lora earned the Story of the Year award from the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and bronze award in the National American Society of Business Publication Editors’ competition.

Attitudes about Food Production are Eye-Opening
During the recent North American Strategy Conference on Animal Agri¬culture held in Chicago, the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) assembled a diverse panel of consumers from the area. Panel members were unaware that they were speaking to an audience primarily made up of food producers and distributors.
Food Supply Chain Communication Drives Positive Change 2
That was the overwhelming message to those attending the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) North American Strategy Conference on Animal Agriculture held in Chicago recently. Participants included agricultural producers, food distributors and restaurant and grocery store supply chain managers from across North America. The conference goal was to identify ways to build consumer trust for food animal agriculture.
Security Cameras Provide Added Protection
In recent years, the number of break-ins at remote hog building sites has escalated. Sometimes animals disappear; other times, equipment, copper or steel are the target. Sadly, cruelty to animals, vandalism and destruction of property have been the motives behind unauthorized entry.
It's All About the Pork at World Pork Expo 2012 1
It's all about the pork at World Pork Expo this year. Everywhere you look something tasty seems to be on the grill. Take a look at our photo gallery from the first and second days of World Pork Expo and be inspired (and possibly hungry).
What Brought You to World Pork Expo?
We asked National Hog Farmer booth visitors to share the main motivator that got them to journey to Des Moines for World Pork Expo this year. They also told us about the coolest thing they had seen so far on the first day of Expo.
Wanted: Pig Pictures
National Hog Farmer believes all hogs are beautiful and we think you might agree! To share our pork industry enthusiasm we are inviting our readers to submit your favorite photo of your ugliest--or prettiest-- pig.
How to Make Good Use of a Smartphone 3
Pat Thome did his homework to make sure he bought a smartphone that would be rugged and could stand up to the challenging and often dusty, dirty and wet conditions in barns and outdoors. His phone is an important tool he uses every day in his farrow-to-finish operation near Adams, MN.
Tackling Smartphone Technology 3
More and more pork producers are turning to smartphones as a go-to tool within their operations. The dizzying array of applications, or “apps,” as they are commonly called, can seem a bit overwhelming.
Pit Foaming Continues To Perplex Researchers 5
Researchers from several Mid¬western universities have teamed up to investigate potential causes and, hopefully, solutions, to the perplexing and dangerous problem of foaming manure pits under swine buildings.
Urban Media Reports Abound on Antimicrobial Issue
Not surprisingly, consumer interest in food production has driven press coverage this week of the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decisions regarding antimicrobial use in livestock production. The FDA issued three documents guiding veterinarians, farmers and animal producers on the judicious use of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals by eliminating production uses and targeting antimicrobial use to only address diseases and health problems. A variety of experts weighed in on both sides of this issue in stories across the nation.
NPPC Responds to FDA Antibiotic Stance
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) issued a news release this week responding to the publication of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) documents in the Federal Register pertaining to the reduction of antimicrobial use for food-producing animals. Under the new, voluntary initiative, certain antibiotics would not be used for production purposes, such as to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency in an animal. These antibiotics would still be available to prevent, control or treat illnesses in food-producing animals under veterinary supervision. A three year “phase-in period” would elapse before these changes become effective. The dates of the phase-in period are currently unspecified.
FDA Publishes Guidances to Limit Use of Antimicrobials in Livestock Production 3
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a series of three documents in the Federal Register today as part of an effort to alter the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals.
Report Blames Agriculture for Water Problems, Proposes Solutions 2
A new report entitled, 'Troubled Waters: Farm Pollution Threatens Drinking Water," points to agricultural producers for water problems in key watersheds related to manure, nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer runoff.
Co-Product Antibiotic Levels Nearly Nil 1
Livestock producers and their nutritionists have been wondering whether antibiotic residues from the ethanol fermentation process might linger in the distiller's co-products used in livestock diets.
Formulating Diets For Carcass Quality 1
Feeding a diet with high levels of Distiller's Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS) can provide significant economic benefits for pork producers. It also can result in a negative impact on carcass fat quality as measured by iodine value. Strategies such as withdrawing DDGS prior to harvest, formulating diets based on iodine level targets and possibly feeding reduced-oil DDGS may help improve carcass fat quality.
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